Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Livers in a Cast Iron Skillet is a fantastic treat that will melt in your mouth. Add a touch of brown sugar to balance the flavors.
Wait! Don’t leave! Not yet! This will be the recipe that will shock you with its deliciousness! It will leave you questioning what is actually inside the bacon! I promise you, it doesn’t even taste like your Grandma’s fried livers.
Bacon – Use thinly sliced bacon from the store. You will cut each strip in half, so you will not need a full pack. A half strip is just enough to wrap around a liver.
Chicken Livers – The cheapest place I have found to buy these have been at our local oriental stores. I have not had the best of luck in our corner grocery stores. Either they have it, but it is older, or they don’t have any at all. The oriental store always has it in stock. It’s fresh and is much less expensive.
Brown Sugar – Two tablespoons is all you need. When you sprinkle it on at the end of the grill, it will leave just a hint os sweetness.
🔥 Grilling Instructions
Step One: Heat the grill to 450 degrees on direct heat. Give yourself time as this may take 30-45 minutes on a Kamado style grill. If you are grilling on a gas grill, you will be ready in just a few minutes.
Step Two: Cut the strips of bacon in half and wrap them around a chicken liver. Place it in a small cast iron skillet. Don’t worry about adding any oils, as the bacon fat will aid in the grilling.
Step Three: Place the cast iron skillet on the grill and cook for 25 minutes. The dish will be bubbling with the fat from the bacon and it may be hard to tell when the liver is fully cooked. Cut one open to double check.
Step Four: For the last 2-3 minutes, sprinkle two tablespoons of brown sugar on top and continue to grill. This adds a surprising sweetness to the dish. Remove from grill and serve to your family and guests!
💡 Recipe Tips
Use thinly sliced bacon for this recipe. We pulled out some of Jason’s smoked bacon from the freezer. He sliced it on the thick side, and they just did not wrap around the livers well.
We ended up just frying that bacon the next morning for breakfast. Use the thinnest bacon you can find. I used hardwood smoked bacon, but maple bacon would complement the brown sugar too!
If you wrap bacon on just about anything and grill it, the taste is out of this world. That is just about what happened here. The bacon already has a hint of smoky flavor along with the fats that make everything you wrap it in extra juicy.
I had to find a creative way to use up tons of chicken livers that Jason bought and froze when I was out of town. Yes, that is a recurring theme in our house. When Jason is left unsupervised, he goes a wee bit crazy at the store with grandiose ideas of everything he needs to put on the grill. Hence, the two extra pounds of chicken livers I discovered in my freezer! 😀
The end result was mouthwatering, though. I devoured them and basically pushed Jason aside for these wrapped livers. I love most of what he grills – but this recipe was so juicy and flavorful!
Other Delicious Recipes
- Asian Green Bean Bundles – These green bean bundles are a perfect addition to a grilled steak or spatchcock chicken.
- Grilled Bacon and Brussel Sprout Kebabs – These are such a huge hit on game days! Everyone loves getting a little bit of veggies with their bacon.
- Honey Mustard Glazed Bacon Wrapped Chicken – This is hands-down one of my favorite chicken recipes. I say that a lot, but we truly love this one. The bacon drippings add awesome flavor to the chicken and then the honey mustard is brushed on towards the end so it won’t burn. So good!
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Livers
- 12 Chicken Livers
- 6 slices Bacon cut in half
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- Preheat the grill to 450 degrees on direct heat
- Cut the bacon slices in half
- Wrap a half piece of bacon around each piece of chicken liver and place in the small cast iron skillet. We used the six inch skillet.
- Place cast iron skill on the grill and cook for 25 minutes.
- The final 2-3 minutes, sprinkle the brown sugar on top of each liver that is wrapped in bacon. Allow to cook and the sugar to melt into the livers. Serve immediately.